WASHINGTON — Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early ‚Äî using a “signature” of molecules in patients’ blood.
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NEW YORK — If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn’t you work to stay healthy?
You’d quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right?
The scientific evidence says: Don’t bet on it.
WASHINGTON — Here are some lightning safety tips from the National Weather Service.
WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS
The safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. Stay inside until 30 minutes passes after the last roar of thunder.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents.
But the nation’s coal miner’s union says the mine safety agency isn’t taking the right approach to fixing the problem.
WASHINGTON — Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes a big step toward one day preventing a list of inherited diseases.
LONDON — Euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5 per cent of deaths, according to researchers who say requests are increasing from people who aren’t terminally ill.
Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.
NEW YORK — Children whose sexual characteristics don’t neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.
WASHINGTON — There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer’s, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.
WASHINGTON — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment.